Vicki Been, commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), has announced she will be resigning from her role.
Been was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in February 2014 and has served a key role in his administration’s affordable housing policies. Been will resume her academic career as a law professor at New York University School of Law and serve as faculty director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
Been’s departure, effective February 6, has kicked off a game of musical chairs within the de Blasio administration. Maria Torres-Springer, currently president and Chief Executive Officer of the city’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), will succeed Been as commissioner of HPD. James Patchett, chief of staff to Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, will succeed Torres-Springer as CEO of NYCEDC.
The news comes following the departure of Carl Weisbrod, chairman of the City Planning Commission and director of the Department of City Planning, who is being replaced by Marisa Lago.